mur-DAN-ee-uh — named for M. Murdan Ali, plant collector at Saharanpur Botanic Garden
¿ sem-ee-TER-es — semicylindrical (cross section), referring to ?
commonly known as: panicled dewflower • Malayalam: nelam-pullu
Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India)
Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998- Description & Keys–  Murdannia semiteres, Murdannia nodiflora Murdannia spirata)
Flora of Eastern Karnataka, Volume 2 By N. P. Singh (1988- – Description & Keys–  Murdannia semiteres, Murdannia nodiflora, Murdannia versicolor  Murdannia spirata

It is known from Africa and southern India, Iran to Indo-China and Viet Nam.
Murdannia semiteres is annual common in wet areas, drying pools, wet rocks, stream edges.
(From  IUCN Red List (LC) )

Erect tufted slender herbs. Leaves 4-13 x 0.1-0.3 cm, linear, filiform, semiterete, apex acuminate. Panicles terminal, lax, longer than leaves, branches capillary; peduncles reddish, 8-20 cm long. Flowers blue; pedicels filiform; bracts minute, ocreate. Sepals obovate, acute. Petals blue, 2-4 mm long, obovate, apex somewhat 3-loobed. Staminal filaments naked. Ovary glabrous; ovules 2-seriate in each cell. Capsule 2-3 mm long, subglobose or ovoid, angular. Seeds 2-seriate, 6-8 in each cell, smooth, compressed.

Flowering and fruiting: October-December
Among sedges and grasses
Peninsular India (Endemic)

Flower for ID – 091011SC3:   Posting a photo for Id of flower
Date / Time – 28.08. 2011 / 11.00 am.
Location – Place – Tamhini Ghat, Maharashtra
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild

It looks like Murdannia wightii to me. Sending a few of my photographs. They were taken at my farm at Shahapur.

This is Murdannia semiteres for sure. M. wightii is synonym for M. pauciflora and one more thing to add Murdannia semiteres and M. pauciflora are different species from each other one is having terminal,
purple flowers in panicle
while other is with axillary, yellow flowers


identification no061111sn3:   Help in Id this Murdannia, if possible as I missed taking more pics.

plant habit:herb


identification no081111sn2:    Kindly Id this Murdannia.

plant habit:herb

Looks like Murdannia semiteresPanicled Dewflower
Refer flowersofindia

Murdannia semiteres for me………:)


Herb for ID : 220912 RV 2:
Plz help to Id this herb found at Khapoli/Pali road about 100 km away from Mumbai.

It is seems to be Murdannia semiteres (Dalz.) Sant. Please check

Yes it is Murdannia semiteres


Kas week: Murdannia semiteres SMP:  Murdannia semiteres
A very tiny herb less than 10cm. Flower 2-3mm
Observed in water laden areas.



KAS Week DS_051012_05 Id requested:
Requesting id for this tiny blue 3 petalled flower. Kas, 22nd Sep 2012.

Murdannia semiteres

So many thanks, … I am totally ignorant about Western Ghat flowers (I came from Kolkata), and “Murdannia” I heard for the first time when I visited Kas, for the orange three petalled flower I already posted. I never dreamt that this could be some “Murdannia“.
I am learning a lot.

SGNP, Aug 2014 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: ARKAUG-16 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (12).

Requesting to please ID this plant captured at Kanheri Caves, SGNP, Mumbai in Aug 2014.
Attached are 2 sets of pics, Type 1 flower being very small and Type 2 flower being 2-3 times bigger than the Type 1 flower.
Do both these sets belong to the same species (Murdannia semiteres, if at all)?

Yes Murdannia semiteres.

Thank you … for confirmation…
I was a bit doubtful about both these being M. semiteres as there was a considerable difference in flower size…

Yes …, You are correct.
But this is one of the variable species of Murdannia spreading from Africa to India. Flower size, colour; petal shape and outline, orientation of stamens are quite common in most of the annuals. I am agree with …, and concluding all these forms could be Murdannia semiteres.   

63-TSP-ID-12MAY2016-2:Herb @ Tumkur for ID. : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

Kindly identify this plant.. 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, amidst moist rocky crevice.  

Sighting: Tumkur 

Date: 05-10-2015

Murdannia semiteres (Dalzell) Santapau

Murdannia semiteres of commelinaceae

Murdannia for ID :: MK001 SEP2016 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Please help me to identify this Commelinaceae herb. Is this a Murdannia sp.? The plant was abundant in the locale; moist & rocky habitat.
Location: Palakkad Dist., Kerala
Date: 25 July 2016
Alt.: 150 m asl

Murdannia semiteres (Commelinaceae)


Flowers at Kanakeshwar,Alibag (mixed thread): 3 posts by 2 authors.
Flowers today (22.8.16) at kanakeshwar, Alibag
4 Murdannia wightii

Not Murdannia pauciflora (Syn: Murdannia wightii R.S.Rao & Kammathy [Illegitimate]) as per images herein.


Murdannia semiteres hopefully : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Murdannia semiteres
Kaas plateau
second  week of October 2016


On 20/9/08 in Hyderabad, AP; at Thoseghar, Dist- Satara, Maharashtra- 14th Aug 2009; at SGNP, Mumbai during a trail for Kanheri caves during monsoon in 09; 07-08-2010: Vikramgarh; 14-08-2010: Thakurwadi (at the base of Prabalgad, Panvel region); Kas flora 19 Sep 2010; at Kanakeshwar, Alibag- 11/8/10; 1500ft. above lonavala, mulshi, pune;
identification – efloraofindia | Google Groups Request for ID 140809 Thoseghar 1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups Flora picture of the year 2009 – efloraofindia | Google Groups Murdannia sp. for ID? 120810-PKA1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Today’s Kanakeshwar flora – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Murdannia for ID – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Murdannia pauciflora – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Devgad, Kokan, MH :: Murdannia-1 for validation :: ARK2021-068: 6 images.
This was seen growing on the lateritic plateau near Devgad, coastal Kokan, MH in Aug 2021.

Guessing this to be Murdannia nimmoniana var. nimmoniana.

Requesting to please validate.

I guess correct ID :

Yes it is!


172 ID wild plant: 20 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 15.10.2021, 12.15pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, rocky
Plant habit: creeping/erect/obliques, slender weak stem, annual
Height: 15cm
Leaves: alternate, lengthy, faty, hard, oblong, apex, size:05×0.2×0.2cm
Flower: lengthy flower shoot, 4 petals rare, 3 petals common, diameter:07mm, violet, non fragrant
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Location of today’s posts related to this ID is:
near Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki, Kerala.

To me appears close to images at Murdannia nimmoniana (J. Graham) Bole & M. R. Almeida var. nimmoniana as per comparative images at Murdannia.

Yes, it is dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,


Revision of the genus Murdannia (Commelinaceae) in India Mayur D. Nandikar & Rajaram V. Gurav- Phytodiversity 2015: Vol. 2 (1): 56-112
Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998- Description & Keys–  Murdannia semiteres, Murdannia nodiflora Murdannia spirata)
Flora of Eastern Karnataka, Volume 2 By N. P. Singh (1988- – Description & Keys–  Murdannia semiteres, Murdannia nodiflora, Murdannia versicolor  Murdannia spirata

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